heart·​break | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrāk How to pronounce heartbreak (audio) \

Definition of heartbreak

: crushing grief, anguish, or distress

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Examples of heartbreak in a Sentence

He recently suffered a string of romantic heartbreaks. I understand the heartbreak you must feel over your grandmother's death.

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And either is a source of heartbreak for seniors, their partners and spouses and their families. Episcopal Retirement Services, Cincinnati.com, "How Older Adults, Their Partners, and Caregivers Can Keep Love Alive as Memories Fade," 26 Feb. 2018 Luke was a lot like my father, and losing my father was the biggest heartbreak of my life. Scott Huver, CNN, "'BH90210's' Jennie Garth traces her path from Kelly Taylor to calling the shots," 15 Aug. 2019 This is Parkland’s heartbreak more than a year later: A student in pain, haunted by the loss of two friends. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Anguish still lingers for many after Parkland shooting. Now sanctuary offers hope.," 15 Aug. 2019 While pretty much every single artist writes about love at least once, Taylor Swift is the queen of heartbreak songs. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked by How Mad You Are at Your Ex," 21 Aug. 2017 But can Sloan handle what could be another heartbreak? Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "See the cover for The Happy Ever After Playlist, Abby Jimenez's follow-up to her best-selling The Friend Zone," 7 Aug. 2019 Beran understands the grotesqueries of 4chan as a kind of modern monument to disconsolate male heartbreak. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful," 31 July 2019 This, finally, is the heartbreak that in her writing Ginzburg staved off with the oranges and the piglets. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 Such is the heartbreak of Portrush, where the Irish weeping was not confined to the skies. Los Angeles Times, "Rory McIlroy’s valiant effort to make British Open cut comes up just short," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heartbreak

: a very strong feeling of sadness, disappointment, etc.


heart·​break | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrāk How to pronounce heartbreak (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartbreak

: very great or deep grief

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